By Elena Whitehead

The colours of our wines and what they mean

Have you ever seen someone examining the colour of a wine before they drink it? Well that’s because the colour of a wine can actually tell you a surprisingly large amount about the aromas and flavours you’re about to experience. We’ll give you a rundown on the basics of wine hues before telling you a bit about the colours of our wines. By the end of this, you’ll be able to impress all your friends the next time you try a wine by ‘predicting’ what the wine is like before even taking a sip!

What can a hue tell me about wine?

Well, to find out what a wine’s colour can tell you, first you need to know how to properly observe the hue. Admittedly, working out the colour of wines inside a can is quite difficult (although the outside will give you some clues), so you might want to grab a glass for this part. After pouring out your wine, try and fine a white or neutral coloured background and give the glass a little tilt ( apiece of printer paper works well). This helps to thin out the wine slightly and show it’s true colours, if you can find some natural light to hit the glass then it’s even better, just like in the photo above.

Now you can observe the colour, we can look at what affects the colour and therefore what that means for the wine itself. Most of a wine’s colour will come from the skins of the grape. If the juice from the grape has been in contact with skin for a long time, it will become darker in colour and fuller in body, this is what determines most wines to be either reds or rosés. The thickness of these grape skins can also vary, the thicker skins once again leading to darker colours and fuller bodies. Many other factors affect the colour of wines, ultimately the darker it is the stronger the flavours will be, expect spicier and more complex flavours from a dark red compared to fruitier ones from a light red. A pale white will likely give you herbaceous, floral flavours whilst more golden colours will be a bit fuller, often having undergone an ageing process resulting in stronger fruit flavours.

What our wine colours mean

Now you know what colour can tell you, let’s have a look at the Copper Crew wine colours.

Our Fiano has a straw yellow colour, typical of mediterranean white grapes that soak up plenty of sunlight. This tells us our Fiano is packed full of light, refreshing, fruity flavours, with some stronger zesty notes likely to hit your palate. Our Fiano goes through a cool steel tank fermentation, giving it a bit of colour whilst enhancing the vibrant flavours. Grab a can of Fiano here.

Our Rosato is a coral pink colour, much darker than say a Provence rosé. The very nature of most Rosato’s means they are often darker and more full in flavour than a typical rosé. This is largely thanks to the mix of grapes that make up our Rosato, especially the dark skinned primitivo which gives black cherry flavours to the wine. Expect more fresh and fruity flavours from our Rosato, perfect for a day in the sun. Stock up on Rosato here.

Moving on to our Negroamaro, once again, our wine is deep in colour and even deeper in flavour than most alternatives, This makes since since the grape literally translates to black bitter in English. The wine boasts a ruby hue with flecks of violet colour if you look carefully, hinting at the black plum flavours you’ll taste, alongside some dark chocolate hints and wild berries. Give our Negroamaro a try here.